It is necessary for many procedures including; imaging studies such as MRI and CT scans, to endoscopy procedures, to surgery and the proper assessment of your pet’s oral health. The overall risk of general anesthesia, in our healthy veterinary patients with appropriate monitoring, is fortunately very low (less than 1% in recent studies). However, we realize the thought of having your pet anesthetized can be worrisome.
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital offers individualized anesthesia planning for each and every pet that is to undergo sedation or anesthesia at our hospital. A veterinarian will consider your pet’s temperament, age, breed, health and the procedure when creating their plan. These considerations will influence drug choices, support and the monitoring of your pet while they are anesthetized to make sure he or she is safe from beginning to end. An important part of this is a thorough pain management plan which is devised for each individual pet. Our service includes a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist, Dr. Caitlin Tearney, as well as numerous experienced veterinary technicians. For each patient, Dr. Tearney helps to develop your pet’s individualized anesthesia plan, directly supervise the case and will be available if any unforeseen complications arise.
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital has state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to enable accurate monitoring of your pet’s cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Even more important, a dedicated veterinary technician is closely monitoring your pet to ensure a safe depth of anesthesia and that your pet’s pain is well controlled during the entire procedure.
Our anesthesiologist has extensive experience safely anesthetizing patients with a variety of disease processes including cardiovascular, pulmonary, liver, and kidney disease, to patients with endocrine disorders, and patients with intracranial issues, and of course, patients requiring anesthesia for emergency procedures. She is also trained in regional anesthesia techniques using ultrasound guidance and electrolocation. Regional blocks have become the standard of care in human medicine because they provide the best pain control after surgery, and allow us to use lower doses of other pain medications that can affect appetite and alertness and can cause nausea and constipation.
Please take comfort in knowing your pet will be well cared for if he or she requires general anesthesia at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.